Three South Africans to remain in hospital following Egypt blast

Clay Curtis
May 21, 2019

At least 17 people have been killed in an explosion targeted at a tourist bus in Egypt on Sunday. In December 2018, at least two people were killed and 12 others wounded when a roadside bomb hit a tourist bus near the same pyramids.

South Africans and Egyptians were among those injured when an explosive device went off, hitting the bus, according to the sources.

The officials said the bus was travelling on a road close to the under-construction Grand Egyptian Museum, which is located adjacent to the Giza Pyramids but is not yet open to tourists.

"The Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Lindiwe Sisulu, wishes those admitted to hospital a speedy recovery and has also directed South Africa's ambassador to Egypt to give them all the necessary support", Mabaya said.

There are reports of deaths at this stage, The Mirror reports.

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A witness, Mohamed el-Mandouh, said he heard a "very loud explosion" while sitting in traffic near the site of the blast.

The attack comes as the Egyptian tourism sector is recovering following years of crisis that followed the 2011 Arab Spring uprising that ended with the toppling of then-leader Hosni Mubarak. Footage circulated online shows shattered windows of the bus.

It is the second incident targeting tourists in the region in six months.

No group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Egyptian security forces are waging a counter insurgency campaign against militants, some with links to Islamic State group, that is focussed in the north of the Sinai Peninsula.

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